Under the kind auspices of ACI LAC, Director General, Javier Martinez was on site for the delivery of the AMPAP gateway course, in Miami from July 15 to 19. Assistant Director of Operations of MIA, Mr. Dan Agostino also visited the group to address the small yet excellent group of participants who came primarily from the LAC region (Ecuador, Mexico, Costa Rica, Columbia and Peru). A 2012 AMPAP graduate himself, Mr. Martinez also joined the AMPAP team for the panel session: Jean-Marc Trottier (course leader), Peter Adams and Louis Haeck.

This week at the ICAO Headquarters in Montreal, we welcomed 17 participants from 9 countries into the 104th edition of the AMPAP gateway course at ICAO Headquarters, in Montreal.

ICAO’s Meshesha Belayneh, Deputy Director of the Technical Operation Bureau and Chief of Global Aviation Training joined the AMPAP instructors and warmly greeted the group to kick off the course.

Participants also received a guided tour of the ICAO headquarters and later had the pleasure of being hosted at ACI HQ by Angela Gittens, Director General of ACI and ACI Global Training staff members as well as various ICAO training executives.

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire” – Socrates

And participating in the AMPAP certainly lit the fire for me. The experience ignited my commitment to industry excellence and strong desire to grow as a progressive airport leader. While I did explore other executive development programs, AMPAP’s rich curriculum and flexible in-class and online learning options gave me confidence in knowing I was getting high caliber global leadership training.

Centred on peer-to-peer information sharing, the programme is designed for the practical application of airport standards and practices. Throughout the programme, I had the opportunity to work with amazing and talented airport professionals from around the world, many of whom I now consider friends. Moreover, we continue to share best practices and discuss emerging issues and opportunities for our airports and the communities we serve.

With the IAP designation, I am now recognized around the decision making table as a highly informed, focused and effective global airport leader. I’ve encouraged my entire executive team to pursue this accreditation to set the stage for achieving their career aspirations in the airport industry. I also highly recommend this program to current and future airport leaders.


RJ Steenstra MBA, AAE, IAP, ICD.D

President & CEO
Fort McMurray Airport Authority



There is good reason why both the International Civil Aviation Organization and Airports Council International conduct AMPAP under their aegis and award AMPAP graduates the title International Airport Professional (IAP): the entire AMPAP curriculum – both its face to face and online components – are based on principles, examples and case studies of operational excellence and strategy.  While operational excellence stands for doing what other companies do but doing it exceptionally well, strategy stands for charting a direction with influence.  AMPAP dispels the misconception that the success of a company lies only in strategy and exposes the participant to the value of both operational excellence and strategy, paving the way for upward mobility of the graduate, from management to leadership.

AMPAP shows the participant that core management practices cannot be taken for granted: they help the manager achieve growth and productivity that lead to profitability and longevity and bring to bear the reality that operational excellence is the precursor to strategy.

AMPAP was developed by ICAO and ACI upon the realization that operational excellence is a significant challenge to many airports across the world which were struggling to inculcate in the minds of their management staff the core management practices that were essential for successful airport operations.  Additionally, it was thought necessary to enable managers evaluate how well or badly their airports are run and break away from the optimistic prism through which they perceived their leadership and strategy.

All this in a rich and stimulating environment of curious minds in the airport industry across the world.


Ruwantissa Abeyratne, DCL, PhD, LLM, LLB, FRAeS

Instructor, AMPAP

More good news from a recent graduate! In May 2019, Captain Yadudu was named Managing Director of FAAN, the highest aviation authority in Nigeria. During an official ceremony, he took over the position from Mr. Saleh Dunoma.

Find out more on FAAN’s official press release